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Service-Learning for Youth Leadership

The Case of Hong Kong

  • Daniel T. L. Shek
  • Grace Ngai
  • Stephen C. F. Chan


  • Examines service-learning in different Chinese communities

  • Documents good practices and the implementation of service-learning

  • Provides reflections on the role of service-learning and promotion of quality of life


Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Stephen C. F. Chan, Grace Ngai, Jenny Yau, Walter W. Yuen, Daniel T. L. Shek, Helena S. S. Au
    Pages 19-31
  3. Kwok Wai Mui, Ling Tim Wong
    Pages 133-143
  4. Kenneth W. K. Lo, Alison K. Y. Ip, Chi Kin Lau, Wing S. Wong, Grace Ngai, Stephen C. F. Chan
    Pages 145-163
  5. Peter H. F. Ng, Memory W. H. Chiu
    Pages 165-184
  6. Charlotte S. Y. Lai, Patrick C. L. Hui, Frency S. F. Ng
    Pages 185-198
  7. Chi-wai Do, Henry H. L. Chan, Lily Y. L. Chan, Geoffrey Chu, Horace H. Y. Wong, Natalie Y. Y. Chan et al.
    Pages 249-266
  8. Eugene L. P. Cheung, Kam-por Kwan
    Pages 293-308
  9. Grace Ngai, Cindy H. Y. Lam, Kam-por Kwan, Stephen C. F. Chan
    Pages 323-341

About this book


This edited book looks at Service-Learning - a valuable means to promote civic engagement and youth leadership in students through the application of student learning to needy people in the community. It describes selected Service-Learning projects in different areas by highlighting the subjects being offered, service site(s), service projects completed, evaluation findings and reflections of teachers. Although Service-Learning has grown tremendously in the West, its development in different Chinese societies is still at its infancy. Thus, this book provides valuable insights on the implementation and future directions of the Service-Learning movement in different Chinese societies by documenting related experiences and sharing successful stories. It also examines related evaluation findings and impacts on students to show that through Service-Learning, empathy, social awareness, social responsibility and psychosocial skills of students can be strengthened and can eventually promote their quality of life. In addition, the book highlights that Service-Learning activities promote the well-being of clients and communities being served. It also stimulates thinking and sharpens the thoughts of educators, administrators and those who wish to promote the quality of life of students and service recipients through Service-Learning.


Service leadership Service-Learning for youth leadership Community engagement Youth development in Chinese societies Youth leadership in Chinese societies Promotion of quality of life Higher education in Service-Learning Civic engagement in youths Psychosocial skills of students Serivice-Learning movement in Chinese societies

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel T. L. Shek
    • 1
  • Grace Ngai
    • 2
  • Stephen C. F. Chan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of ComputingThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of ComputingThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

About the editors

Daniel T.L. Shek (PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP) is the Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has taught social work students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over thirty years. He was Dean of Students (1996-1998) and Dean of General Education (2006-2008) at New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research on Quality of Life and serves on the editorial board of many international refereed journals including Social Indicators Research and Journal of Adolescent Health. To date, he has published over 85 books, 154 book chapters and more than 500 articles in international refereed journals.

Dr. Chan received his PhD from The University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Production Automation Project under Professor Herbert Voelcker. He then worked on a NURBS-based surface modeling system for industrial design for Neo-Visuals in Toronto. Subsequently he became a research officer for the National Research Council of Canada on computer-integrated manufacturing and represented Canada in the development of the international product data exchange standard, STEP. He joined the then Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1993. Dr. Chan is a firm believer of service learning. He has taken students to service projects in Hong Kong, Hubei and Gansu in mainland China, Cambodia, Myanmar and Rwanda. Together with Dr. Vincent Ng and Dr. Grace Ngai, he was given the Faculty of Engineering Award (Team) in Teaching in 2007. Together with several other colleagues, he was given the President’s Award (Team) in Services in 2008. He was appointed the founding head of the Office of Service-Learning in 2012.

Dr. Ngai received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Her thesis supervisor was Professor David Yarowsky. Prior to that, she studied Engineering at Brown University, where she got her Sc.B. She also got her M.S.E. (Masters of Science in Engineering) at JHU along the way to getting her Ph.D. Dr. Ngai’s main research interest is in human-centered computing, including Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Affective Computing. Specifically, she is interested in how humans use computers, the interplay between culture and computing, the aspect of computing that interacts back at the human, and computing that interacts with the environment. Dr Ngai’s other research interests are in computational linguistics and statistical natural language processing. She is also very interested in computing education and educational technology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Service-Learning for Youth Leadership
  • Book Subtitle The Case of Hong Kong
  • Editors Daniel T. L. Shek
    Grace Ngai
    Stephen C. F. Chan
  • Series Title Quality of Life in Asia
  • Series Abbreviated Title Quality of Life in Asia
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-0447-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4418-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-0448-4
  • Series ISSN 2211-0550
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-0569
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 365
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Developmental Psychology
    Youth Culture
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“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This book helps me to think different about education model and that is Daniel fundamental objective. … Service leadership for youth leadership is a thought provoking book that offers a unique and novel perspective of service learning from Asian Perspective.” (Talha Mansoor and Muhamamad Shakil Ahmad, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 14, 2019)